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Iran defeats U.S. to win taekwondo gold

Source: Press TV

Iranian men's national taekwondo team has been crowned champion at the second SportAccord World Combat Games in Russia, taking home the gold medal.

Iranian men's national taekwondo team

The Iranian outfit, comprising Mohammad Kazemi, Behnam Asbaghi, Alireza Nasr-Azadani, Massoud Hoji-Zavareh, Farzad Abdollahi and Koroush Rajoli, overpowered the American squad 17-12 in their final match on Thursday.

The Iranians routed their American and Venezuelan opponents 26-5 and 28-4 in the first and second matches on Wednesday, before they crushed South Koreans 27-7 in their third encounter on Thursday.

Later on Thursday, they overwhelmed the Spanish team 6-5 in the semi-finals, and advanced to the final.

The bronze medal went to Russians, who defeated the Spanish team 13-12.

The second SportAccord World Combat Games opened in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on October 18, and will wrap up on October 26.

Fifteen Olympic and non-Olympic games are currently on the program: aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling, and wushu.

Thirty-two athletes are representing Iran in the competitions. A total of 1,500 athletes from 120 countries are in action across the 15 events.

Iranian sportsmen and sportswomen are competing in karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, sambo, savate, taekwondo, wrestling and wushu.

The World Combat Games, first held in Beijing in 2010, were initiated by SportAccord, the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations.

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